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So a lion from the forest will attack them.
    A wolf from the desert will destroy them.
A leopard will hide and wait near their towns.
    It will tear to pieces anyone who dares to go out.
Again and again they have refused to obey the Lord.
    They have turned away from him many times.

The Lord says, “Jerusalem, why should I forgive you?
    Your people have deserted me.
They have made their promises in the names of gods
    that are not really gods at all.
I supplied everything they needed.
    But they committed adultery.
    Large crowds went to the houses of prostitutes.
Your people are like stallions that have plenty to eat.
    Their sinful desires are out of control.
    Each of them goes after another man’s wife.

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Therefore a lion from the forest(A) will attack them,
    a wolf from the desert will ravage(B) them,
a leopard(C) will lie in wait near their towns
    to tear to pieces any who venture out,
for their rebellion is great
    and their backslidings many.(D)

“Why should I forgive you?
    Your children have forsaken me
    and sworn(E) by gods that are not gods.(F)
I supplied all their needs,
    yet they committed adultery(G)
    and thronged to the houses of prostitutes.(H)
They are well-fed, lusty stallions,
    each neighing for another man’s wife.(I)

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